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Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted #1 Review

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Wolverine's digital limited-series is finally here! Does Wolverine's new adventure justify the $2.99 price tag?

The Good

While DC is aiming to deliver a heavy dose of fun nostalgia with its latest digital experience (BATMAN '66), Marvel is looking to offer an action packed adventure starring none other than Wolverine. Serving as the first thirteen issue series from Marvel's "Infinite Comic" lineup, the publisher does successfully deliver an exciting dose of good looking madness. The plot, though? Well, we'll get to that in "the bad."

First and foremost, this is a really fantastic looking digital comic. The animated and vibrant style is delightfully crisp and clean and does a more than thorough job throwing us into this violent and detailed universe. The new method of scrolling through new elements in every panel does offer plenty of really cool moments. From Wolverine popping his claws to revealing a new character, it's a mostly positive experience and makes the scenes far cinematic and engrossing.

This issue delivers big time on the brawls. It's nothing too over the top or jaw-dropping, but it is a fair amount of fun and delivers a few impactful moments. Sure, Wolverine's sporting that fancy healing factor, but the commendable art makes a sai being thrust into his shoulder or claws across the face particularly visceral.

The Bad

When it comes to the narrative, we're literally thrown right into the middle of all the chaos. Right off the bat, Wolverine is being pursued by Hand Ninjas (who he's been fighting for hours) and is after something (or someone) Victor Creed has. From there, it's just a whole lot of slashing and leaves you on a pretty big cliffhanger (were those ninjas holograms or did I miss the update on them being able to teleport?). I'm certain Jason Aaron and Jason Latour will flesh the plot out in due time, but for now, it's somewhat light and jarring being tossed right into the midst of things.

Also, I can't help but feel as though Wolverine's abilities as a combatant are being majorly downplayed. Sabretooth even remarks a couple dozen Hand Ninjas used to be nothing to Logan, but now they're giving him all kinds of trouble and he needs to elude them. No explanation is given and I'm left wondering why the X-Man isn't up to par.

I can only view my copy on ComiXology panel by panel. Right when I click to read it, it doesn't present the cover and dives right into the first panel. I can't skip via pages or opt to jump to a later scene. You need to go through every little panel change to progress. If you've read BATMAN '66, then you know what I'm talking about because it operates the same way. It's a minor point but I imagine that'll be slightly annoying to some (for example, if you're trying to make a scan for a specific scene or simply want to reread one moment).

The Verdict

What this ultimately boils down to is whether or not this issue is worth $2.99. Despite the solid effort at switching up the reading experience and making it way more cinematic, this is still a relatively quick read. I'd say if you're a huge James Howlett fan or if you're really craving a sharp looking action tale, then yes, shell out the $2.99 and hopefully you'll dig it and find yourself wanting more when all is said and done. For everyone else, I can't recommend it being worth what they're asking for, especially when BATMAN '66 -- a comic which has a similar length and unique reading experience -- is a mere $0.99. I'd love to give this a 3.5/5, but since I can't give half stars, I'll round up because of the really impressive artwork. Seeing as I'm a total sucker for great visuals and action, I'll definitely be reviewing this again next Tuesday.

25 Comments
Posted by ThanosIsMad

Infinite title? I'm game.

I can't wait until all comics are done like this. They're like little bite sized cartoon episodes and I love it.

Posted by jwalser3

Better than paying 3.99 for every other Wolverine title.

Posted by Wolverine08

This looks awesome! A definite buy!

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@jwalser3:

You make it sound like Wolverine is in 10+ titles or something.

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Posted by ekrolo

@wolverine08: Not sure if you're joking or not but he kinda is.

Posted by Shallbecomeabattoo

@thanosismad: Noooooooohohoho! I don't want little bite sized comics! As a trade reader, there is nothing better for me than to have a nice, big hardcover and consume 100-200 pages in one sitting, if not more.

Posted by munkieKONG

@jwalser3 said:

Better than paying 3.99 for every other Wolverine title.

^that

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Posted by batmannflash

I will check it out!

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@ekrolo:

He is in the amount of titles that suit a character of his fame. I see no problem.

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Edited by batmannflash

@wolverine08: you should definitely check this on out! It's very cinematic and the pictures are beautiful; they seem to pop out of you. When you scroll through the digital pages, it almost looks like a motion picture! However nothing much happens in this issue (storywise, I mean)

Posted by novi_homines

Looks gorgeous.

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@batmannflash:

Thanks for the recommendation bro! I always like to read some new high quality Wolverine stuff.

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Posted by Birthright

So this has nothing to do with the fact that he has a movie in Japan in three weeks?

Posted by SlickyMike88

I bought it , it's a cool new way to read comics :) , I just have some loading problems when it comes to this comic:P . I reckon comixology is going to fix that:)

Posted by SoA

wolverine,sabretooth, ninjas. that is all

Edited by MatteoPG

@wolverine08: I am not even an older fella, but nowadays some characters are too much all over the place. I think spreading them in too many titles sometimes decreases the quality: if there was only one or two batman titles, for example, the person writing it would say "this is everyone's batman fix for 30 days, it has to be good". But, besided Snyder, the other batman titles tend to suck and fill in between big events.

Wolverine sometimes seems like he's in 4 continets at the same time, with all the titles he's in.

Posted by DonFelipe

It could have been interesting but then you said...

The plot, though? Well, we'll get to that in "the bad."

Too much Wolverine stuff out there at the moment. Sometimes Marvel, and DC for that matter, should focus on quality (titles and stories) instead of quantity.

Posted by GrendelX

How does a DIGITAL comic that cant be recommended to most readers with that much in the bad section get 4 stars?!? Is comic vine obligated to give everything with a major character 4-5 stars?

Posted by k4tzm4n

So this has nothing to do with the fact that he has a movie in Japan in three weeks?

Ha!

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Edited by monopolyloser

I just can't get on board at that price, especially when hearing its about the same length as Batman 66. I very much enjoy the experience of infinite and DC2, but that price point is stupid comparatively.

Posted by bigboi100000

I suppose rumors of Insomniac games falling out with Sony were greatly exaggerated. Good to see those Microbucks wasn't enough to make them completely abandoned their roots.

Edited by lilianface

art looked really good, story was ok needs more issues to see where it goes. price was a little high compared with dc titles. $1.99 would be much better